President: My Plan Equals $4T In Deficit Reduction

President Obama says he’s offering $4 trillion in federal deficit reduction as part of his solution to avert the coming federal budget cuts known as the sequester, including more than $2.5 trillion he’s already signed into law. “I’ve laid out a plan that details how we can pay down our … Continue reading

Gun Control On Biden’s Agenda With Mayors Next Week

With the White House poised to take executive action on new federal regulation of guns in the United States, the point man on those efforts will discuss the issue, and others, next week with the nation’s mayors. Vice President Biden is set to address gun control, as well as other … Continue reading

Senator Kerry’s Statement on President Obama’s Budget Proposal

President Obama unveiled his federal budget proposal today. The reactions have varied across partisan lines. Massachusetts Senator John Kerry issued the following statement on President Barack Obama’s federal budget proposal today: “This is a balanced blue print to grow our economy, make some tough deficit reduction choices, and end the … Continue reading

In The Supercommittee Blame Game, Fingers Point To Just One Republican

The failure this week of the so-called congressional supercommittee to agree on a package to reduce the federal budget deficit comes down not only to Republican intransigence, but really to that of just one conservative in particular, a man referred to as the “13th member” of the committee. Specifically, many … Continue reading

‘The Supercommittee Must Fail,’ Congress Is Told

By focusing on deficit reduction, not job creation, the so-called congressional supercommittee is focused entirely on the wrong problems and therefore, the nation would be better off it were to fail to come up with a deal, progressive members of Congress were told Wednesday. Indeed, the sorts of budget-cutting likely … Continue reading

Pelosi: The Supercommittee’s Work Should Be ‘Public Domain’

Even as lawmakers wrangle over the details of the work of the so-called supercommittee, the top House Democrat is calling for more openness in the decision-making of the bipartisan deficit-reduction panel. Created by last summer’s federal debt deal, the members of the supercommittee have just until Thanksgiving to find $1.2 … Continue reading

Capitol Idea: Occupy vs the Supercommittee: How the Movement Could Soon Impact the Debate

To the consternation of some, and the joy of others, the ballooning Occupy Wall Street movement has so far resisted injecting itself into the nation’s political debate. Even without a concrete list of policy goals or demands, however, there is a growing sense that, by simply existing and persevering, the … Continue reading